STATE OF NEW YORK
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                                  JAMAICA, NY 11433

          APPEAL OF                                    DOCKET NO.: CK110097RO

                    Markfair Properties Inc.,
                                                       RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                       DOCKET NO.: CJ120066S



          The above-named petitioner-owner filed a timely petition for 
          administrative review of an order issued concerning the housing 
          accommodation known as 139-12 34th Road, Apartment B-6, Flushing, 
          New York.

          The Commissioner has reviewed all the evidence in the record and 
          has carefully considered that portion of the record relevant to the 
          issues raised by the petition.

          The tenant commenced the proceeding below by filing a complaint on 
          October 3, 1988 asserting that there was a fire in the apartment on 
          August 9, 1988 and since it is not liveable, she intends to pay 
          $1.00 per month in rent until the apartment complies with the rules 
          of the Housing and Maintenance Code.

          In an answer, the owner stated that the notices are addressed to a 
          person and since the owner is actually a corporation, they will not 
          answer until the tenant sends it with the correct owner's name.

          Thereafter an inspection of the subject apartment was conducted by 
          a DHCR inspector on October 28, 1988, who confirmed the existence 
          of the following defective conditions:

               All services were shut off at the time of the inspection.
               The entire apartment was completely gutted by fire.
               All appliances were removed from the apartment and the tenant 
               has vacated the apartment involuntarily.

          The Rent Administrator established the rent at $1.00 per month.


          In its petition for administrative review, the owner states, in 
          substance, that the fire in the apartment was due to the negligence 
          of the tenants who were smoking and that the Rent Administrator 
          ignored their request to identify the real owner of the building 
          which is a corporation.

          The DHCR served a copy of the petition on the tenant on January 25, 
          1989.  The tenant states that as per the Fire Marshall the fire was 
          caused by faulty electrical wiring and not by her smoking.

          After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of the opinion 
          that the petition should be denied.

          The Commissioner has considered the owner's claim that the Rent 
          Administrator erred by establishing the rent at $1.00 without 
          considering the owner's claim that the tenant did not identify the 
          real owner and rejects this argument.  The tenant's complaint was 
          properly addressed to the same individual who filed the petition 
          for adminstrative review, at the same address listed on the 
          petition, and merely omitted the corporate name.  This omission is 
          immaterial and does not affect the validity of the service of the 

          The owner's petition does not establish any basis for modifying or 
          revoking the Administrator's order which established the rent at 
          $1.00 per month based on a physical inspection confirming that the 
          apartment was completely gutted by the fire, all services were 
          discontinued at the time of the inspection, all appliances had been 
          removed from the subject apartment, and the apartment was 

          The owner may file a rent restoration application if the facts so 
          warrant.  The rent will not be restored until a rent restoration 
          application is filed and granted.  The tenant is advised to file on 
          overcharge complaint with the Division if the owner has collected 
          an illegal rent.

          The automatic stay of the retroactive rent abatement that resulted 
          by the filing of this petition is vacated upon issuance of the 
          order and opinion.

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent Stabilization Law and Code 
          and the Emergency Tenant Protection Act of 1974, it is

          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is, denied, and 


          that the Rent Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is, 



                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner  


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